04/27/15 10:03am


Northern Virginia Magazine has released its first Beer Awards issue highlighting the area’s craft beer industry.

The issue hit newsstands Friday, April 24, and spotlights breweries from Arlington, Alexandria and Fairfax to Loudoun, Prince William and Stafford, with awards for 11 styles of beer including best Belgian ale, amber/red ale, black IPA, Pilsner and wheat.

Top breweries were recognized in three main categories:

  • Best Brewery Overall– Port City Brewing Company (Alexandria)
  • Most Anticipated Opening– Farmworks Brewery (Lucketts)
  • Best Tasting Room Experience– Lost Rhino Brewing Company (Ashburn – will soon open a separate brewpub, Lost Rhino Retreat, in Brambleton Town Center)

The Beer Issue also features:

Hop Dreams

The opening of what will be one of the area’s largest hop farm and processing plants could make local hops the next cash crop.

More than Hops

A look at what funky ingredients Virginia brewers use in their beer.

When the Crowds Don’t Come

What happens after breweries don’t reach their crowdfunding goals?

Brewery Directory

Peruse a comprehensive listing of over 50 opened and almost-opened Northern Virginia breweries. Those expected to open include Dirt Farm Brewing in Bluemont (expected June 2015), Sehkraft Beer Garden and Haus in Arlington (expected summer 2015) and Twinpanzee Brewing (expected Fairfax in October 2015).

04/27/15 9:31am

An extraordinary home for sale in Alexandria, Virginia's Parkfairfax neighborhood

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04/27/15 9:00am

Celebrating Earth Day in Alexandria, Virginia
Pete Raack, Matthew Maury Elementary School Green Team Leader, is this year’s winner of the Ellen Pickering Environmental Excellence Award. The award was presented on Saturday by Alexandria Renew Enterprises and the City of Alexandria Environmental Policy Commission during Alexandria Earth Day 2015 at Ben Brenman Park. A tree was planted in his honor.

Pete’s “endless energy and creativity demonstrated an unwavering commitment to protecting the environment at Maury and throughout the City of Alexandria, and has inspired and raised awareness among countless Maury students and parents,” said Mr. Raack’s nominator Brittany Fraser.

Mr. Raack champions the Maury Green Team’s Compost Captains program, which helps educate students on the importance of composting. He serves as the multi-year leader of the Maury Environmental Kids’ Club after-school program to teach students the importance of keeping Maury green. The school’s garden is thriving and rain barrels are at work, thanks to Pete. He involves kids and parents in stream cleanups—no matter the weather.

For this year’s Earth Day celebrations, Mr. Raack organized a campus-wide cleanup with school volunteers; a screening of the movie, “The Lorax” after school; a field trip to AlexRenew’s Four Mile Run Pump Station; and the Second Annual “Run for the Trees” fun run for all Maury students. He also led Maury’s participation in Alexandria Earth Day.

Alexandria Renew CEO Karen Pallansch commented, “The theme of this year’s Alexandria’s Earth Day Celebration is ‘It’s Your Turn to Lead.’ Through word and deed, Pete embodies the true spirit of environmental leadership. He tirelessly and selflessly gives back to the community in ways that will be felt for years. He motivates and inspires students, teachers, and parents to be environmental leaders in their own right. That is a legacy worthy of the Ellen Pickering Environmental Excellence Award.”

The award is named to honor the late Ms. Pickering and her lifelong dedication to City preservation and conservation. She helped create the Mount Vernon Trail between Alexandria and Washington, DC, and urged the adoption of the City’s Open Space Plan. Mrs. Pickering also implemented the planting of 1,000 citizen-donated cherry trees during her tenure as Chair of the Alexandria Beautification Commission. She was a member of the Alexandria Sanitation Authority’s Board of Directors and served on the Alexandria City Council and numerous boards and commissions.

04/27/15 8:44am

The City of Alexandria invites the public to the third annual Building Safety Month Kick-Off Event on Friday, May 1 in Market Square (301 King St.), from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM. Building Safety Month, a nationally recognized event, celebrates the best practices that keep places where we live, work and play safe. This free event will include vendors from the local building community, exhibits from multiple City departments, food, and fun!

The kick-off event, which includes a cookout and the presentation of a proclamation by Mayor William D. Euille, will showcase new and innovative products and technology from local wholesale and retail building product suppliers and highlight the work of local non-profit organizations that focus on improving housing conditions for City residents.

Building Safety Month, founded by the International Code Council, is celebrated by jurisdictions worldwide during the month of May. Building Safety Month is a public awareness campaign to help individuals, families and businesses understand what it takes to create safe and sustainable structures.

Residents wishing to learn more about building safety, best practices, and about the building permit process can talk with City Code Administration staff members at the following locations during Building Safety Month:

  • Saturday, May 2 and Sunday, May 3 – Home Depot, 400 S. Pickett Street, 8 a.m. to noon
  • Saturday, May 9 — Old Town Farmers’ Market, 301 King Street, from 7 a.m. to noon
  • Sunday, May 10 — Four Mile Run Market, 4109 Mt. Vernon Avenue, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Saturday, May 23 – Del Ray Farmers Market, Parking lot at E. Oxford and Mt. Vernon Avenue, 8 a.m. to noon

(Red Brick Town Flickr Pool photo by Matthew Dailey, on Flickr)